SOMA provides a wide variety of services that include massage, bodywork and acupuncture:
Acupuncture: 60 minutes
Acupuncture is a stimulation therapy that uses the nervous system to induce anatomical injury repair as in tendonitis, or regulate a systematic function as in digestive, hormonal, and neurological disorders. Some local point locations are simple to understand, but many of the points needled in any given treatment require a vast knowledge of the therapy.
Couples Massage: 60 & 90 minutes
A couple’s massage is when you and a friend each enjoy a massage side-by-side with two therapists that work at the same time.
Cupping: 60 Minutes
Cupping therapy is a practice that involves briefly attaching rounded inverted cups to certain parts of the body using a vacuum effect. Some proponents suggest that the drawing of the skin inside the cups increases blood flow to the area.
Deep Tissue Massage: 60, 90 & 120 minutes
Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff “trouble spots” in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be quite therapeutic — relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.
Hot Stone Massage: 60, 90 & 120 minutes
Hot stone massage therapy is an age-old treatment with the addition of heat for a modern twist. Water-heated, smooth stones are placed strategically on the body on key points—with or without pressure—for the ultimate in relaxation and pain relief.
Lymphatic Drainage: 60 & 90 minutes
Lymphatic drainage is a therapeutic massage treatment that uses very light pressure and long, gentle, rhythmic strokes to increase the flow of lymph and reduce toxins in your body.
Myofascial Release: 60 & 90 minutes
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Oncology Massage: 60 minutes
An oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment. A safe massage plan generally revolves around the side effects (both short- and long-term) of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
Prenatal Massage: 60 & 90 minutes
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it’s also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly.
Reflexology: 60 minutes
Reflexology is a form of bodywork that involves applying pressure to the hands and feet to produce changes in pain and other benefits elsewhere in the body.
Reiki: 60 & 90 minutes
Reiki is gentle energy work based on the belief that each of us has healing energy within us. When we are in optimum health, this energy is bright, balanced and flowing, but it can become diminished when we are stressed, ill, injured, or facing trauma or other life change. During a Reiki session, your therapist will place his or her hands on different areas of your body to promote the most healing flow of energy. You may feel a lot of warmth through the therapist’s hands. Some clients feel a tingling sensation, and most feel extreme comfort and deep relaxation. Reiki can be practiced with anyone in any state of health, and the client can remain clothed, or may undress and be under the sheet as with traditional massage. Reiki can also be blended into a Therapeutic Massage at your request.
Rolf Method of Structural Integration: 60-75 minutes
Rolf Method of Structural Integration is a process of re-education of the body through movement and touch. It systematically releases patterns of stress and impaired function. Structural Integration focuses on the fascia (connective tissue). The primary focus is facilitating the relationship between gravity and the human body.
SEATTL Method: 60 & 90 minutes
Soothing the Emotions After Trauma, Transition, or Loss
Our bodies can hold onto emotional stress, which can lead to fatigue, sleeplessness, chronic pain, and general malaise. In times of major life change or grief, or when working through past trauma, the mind and body are often guarded, anxious, hyper-vigilant, or just plain exhausted. The caring massage and energy work of the SEATTL Method are designed to help you feel comforted, present and supported. The SEATTL Method is a gentle and personalized approach that can help relieve physical pain, improve vitality, and help you regain confidence and calm in your body, mind and surroundings.
Sports Massage: 60 & 90 minutes
Sports massage goes beyond promoting relaxation and pain relief. It can help improve performance and prevent injury – in addition to helping the body recover from injuries associated with physical activity. Sports can be repetitive, especially for runners, cyclists, racquet sports players and weightlifters. Sports massage helps release that muscle tension and promote tissue repair and muscle balance for a safer next workout.
Swedish: 60, 90 & 120 minutes
The most common type of massage is Swedish massage therapy. It involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles. This is also combined with movement of the joints. By relieving muscle tension, Swedish therapy can be both relaxing and energizing. And it may even help after an injury.
Please let the therapist know if you have any recent surgeries, illness or medical problems. In some cases, massage may not be appropriate.
Please refrain from eating a heavy meal within 2 hours of your massage. For a therapeutic massage on a massage table, you will be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort. Oil, Lotion or Creams used by the therapist to glide over and nourish the skin. Always let the therapist know if you feel any discomfort or have any questions. During massage, toxins are released from your muscles so it is always important to drink plenty of water after your session to eliminate these toxins from your body. Not doing so can lead to nausea and an achy feeling.